“Bullet” Bob Armstrong has died aged 80 after a battle with bone cancer.
The WWE Hall of Famer – whose sons Scott Armstrong, Brad Armstrong, Steve Armstrong and “Road Dogg” Jesse James all went on to become wrestling stars – has left behind an incredible legacy as the wrestling world mourns a sad loss.
In a statement, his sons said: ‘It is with a very heavy heart we announce the passing of our Father and @WWE Hall of Famer “Bullet” Bob Armstrong.
‘Information regarding funeral arrangements will come at a later date.’
The news comes after referee Scott revealed earlier this year that “Bullet” Bob had decided not to have ‘any treatment’ for his illness.
‘He’s got bone cancer in his ribs, shoulder, and prostate and chose not to go through any treatment (his choice)! I put 30lbs on there, and he said, “Gimme 100lbs!!! #Motivation (sic)’
Bob was known as one of wrestling’s toughest stars during the territory days, giving up his firefighter career in 1960 to step between the ropes.
He became a popular name in Georgia and Alabama as he fought in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and its affiliates.
He retired in 1988 but continued to wrestle for another three decades, having his final known match just last year against The Assassin in Continental Championship Wrestling (CCW).
He even performed in TNA Wrestling – what is now IMPACT Wrestling – during the 2000s, while he also appeared for companies in Georgia and the nearby area from 2010 to 2015.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 after forging an impressive legacy in the ring.
During his induction speech, he said: ‘I think somebody up there likes me. I got to live my dream.’
Former WWE star CM Punk was amongst those to lead the tributes after the news, as he shared a photo of himself with Bob and his son Scott backstage at a show.
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